Phil Silvers (1911–1985)

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Phil Silvers was a comedic actor of Russian-Jewish descent, nicknamed as "The King of Chutzpah". He was best known for his starring role as Master Sergeant Ernest "Ernie" Bilko in the hit sitcom "The Phil Silvers Show" (1955-1959). He had roles in the comedy films "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" (1963), and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to ... See full bio »

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The Phil Silvers Show MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko / Felix Bilko / Herbert Penfield III / MSgt. Ernest T. Bilko / Major Joshua Bilko / Self


Hide Hide Show Show Actor (78 credits)
 1983 CHiPs (TV Series)
Herman Hinton
- Hot Date (1983) ... Herman Hinton
 1982 Nelvanamation II (Video)
Irwin (segment: Take Me Up to the Ball Game) (voice)
 1981 Happy Days (TV Series)
Roscoe Piccalo
- Just a Piccalo (1981) ... Roscoe Piccalo
 1980 Take Me Up to the Ball Game (TV Movie)
Irwin (voice)
 1980 There Goes the Bride
 1980 The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood
William B. Warkoff
 1979 Goldie and the Boxer (TV Movie)
 1979 Racquet
Arthur Sargent
 1978 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Charlie Parks
- Carnival/The Vaudevillians (1978) ... Charlie Parks
 1978 The Cheap Detective
 1977 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Merrill Stubing, Sr. / 'Stubby' / Morris Beckman
- The Captain's Captain/Romance Roulette/Hounded (A Dog's Life) (1977) ... Merrill Stubing, Sr. / 'Stubby'
 1977 The Chicken Chronicles
Max Ober
 1977 The Night They Took Miss Beautiful (TV Movie)
Marv Barker
 1977 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Max Brown
- Angels on Ice (1977) ... Max Brown
 1975 S.W.A.T. (TV Series)
Russ Baker
- Deadly Tide: Part 2 (1975) ... Russ Baker
- Deadly Tide: Part 1 (1975) ... Russ Baker
 1975 Get Christie Love! (TV Series)
Uncle Harry
- A Few Excess People (1975) ... Uncle Harry
 1975 The Strongest Man in the World
Kirwood Krinkle
 1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series)
Harry Starman
- Horror in the Heights (1974) ... Harry Starman
 1973 The TV Comedy Years (TV Movie)
 1972 The Dean Martin Show (TV Series)
- Episode #7.24 (1972)
 1971 Eddie (TV Movie)
Eddie Skinner
 1971 Julia (TV Series)
Captain Biestoff
- Swing Low, Sweet Charity (1971) ... Captain Biestoff
 1970 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Episode #4.13 (1970) ... Guest Performer
 1969-1970 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Shifty Shafer aka Honest John
- Jed Buys the Capitol (1970) ... Shifty Shafer aka Honest John
- The Clampetts in Washington (1970) ... Shifty Shafer aka Honest John
- Honesty Is the Best Policy (1970) ... Shifty Shafer aka Honest John
- Honest John Returns (1970) ... Shifty Shafer aka Honest John
- The Clampetts in New York (1969) ... Shifty Shafer aka Honest John
 1970 The Boatniks
Harry Simmons
 1968 Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell
Phil Newman
 1968 That's Life (TV Series)
 1967 Carry on Follow That Camel
Sgt. Nocker
 1967 A Guide for the Married Man
Technical Advisor (uncredited)
 1967 Damn Yankees! (TV Movie)
 1966 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Oliver Kasten
- Lucy and the Efficiency Expert (1966) ... Oliver Kasten
 1966 Gilligan's Island (TV Series)
Harold Hecuba
- The Producer (1966) ... Harold Hecuba
 1963-1964 The New Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Harry Grafton
- Moonlight and Dozes (1964) ... Harry Grafton
- Vanity, Thy Name Is Harry (1964) ... Harry Grafton
- Keep Cool (1964) ... Harry Grafton
- Grafton's the Name, Football's My Game (1964) ... Harry Grafton
 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Otto Meyer
 1962 40 Pounds of Trouble
Bernie Friedman
 1962 Something's Got to Give (Short)
Insurance Salesman
 1962 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Phil Silvers
- The Phil Silvers Show (1962) ... Phil Silvers
 1960 Summer in New York (TV Movie)
 1960 The Slowest Gun in the West (TV Movie)
Fletcher Bissell III - The Silver Dollar Kid
 1959 The Ballad of Louie the Louse (TV Movie)
 1955-1959 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko / Felix Bilko / Herbert Penfield III / ...
- The Weekend Colonel (1959) ... MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko
- The Bilko Boycott (1959) ... MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko
- Bilko in Outer Space (1959) ... MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko
- The Colonel's Second Honeymoon (1959) ... MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko
- Bilko's Casino (1959) ... MSgt. Ernest G. Bilko
 1959 Keep in Step (TV Movie)
Sgt Ernest G 'Ernie' Bilko / Self
 1956 Saturday Spectacular: High Button Shoes (TV Movie)
Blue Sky Promoter
 1955 The New Recruits (TV Movie)
M / Sgt. Ernest G. Bilko
 1954 Lucky Me
Hap Schneider
 1954 Top Banana
Jerry Biffle
 1950 Summer Stock
Herb Blake
 1948 The Arrow Show (TV Series)
Host - Main Performer
- Episode dated 24 November 1948 (1948) ... Host - Main Performer
 1946 If I'm Lucky
Wallingham M. 'Wally' Jones
 1945 A Thousand and One Nights
 1945 Don Juan Quilligan
 1945 Diamond Horseshoe
Blinkie Miller
 1944 Something for the Boys
Harry Hart
 1944 Take It or Leave It
Phil Silvers
 1944 Cover Girl
 1944 Four Jills in a Jeep
 1943 A Lady Takes a Chance
Smiley Lambert
 1943 Coney Island
 1942 Just Off Broadway
Roy Higgins
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
1st Salesman at Santelli's (Fields sequence) (uncredited)
 1942 Footlight Serenade
 1942 My Gal Sal
 1942 Roxie Hart
 1942 All Through the Night
 1941 You're in the Army Now
Breezy Jones
 1941 Lady Be Good
Master of Ceremonies
 1941 Ice-Capades
Larry Herman
 1941 Tom, Dick and Harry
Ice Cream Man
 1941 The Penalty
 1941 The Wild Man of Borneo
 1940 Hit Parade of 1941
Charlie Moore
 1940 Strike Up the Band
Pitch Man (scenes deleted)
 1938 The Candid Kid (Short)
Phil Silvers
 1937 Here's Your Hat (Short)
 1937 Ups and Downs (Short)
 1931 Success (Short)
Antic fellow
Show Show Soundtrack (27 credits)
Show Show Self (87 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (47 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in Broadway musical "How the Other Half Loves". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 6 Articles | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sgt. Bilko


5' 11" (1.8 m)


Evelyn Patrick  (divorced)  (5 children) | See more »

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I only smile in public. When I'm alone, I just sort of stare. People know that we actors are frightened. And when they read this, they'll know that I'm depressed. See more »


Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 740-741. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1998). See more »


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